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Dangermond Preserve Restoration Associate

The Nature Conservancy
Lompoc, California
$65,800 - 77,250
Closing date
Apr 4, 2023

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Who We Are

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Grounded in science, we develop innovative solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, bipartisan approach. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world. 

The California Chapter is TNC’s largest state program and one of the largest, most dynamic conservation organizations in the country. With approximately 230 employees, from financial analysts and fundraisers to ecologists and economists, we are currently invested in 14 strategies to address the biggest challenges facing California and the world, including numerous community-based projects designed to increase the pace, scale, and effectiveness of conservation. Over the past six decades, we have protected 1.4 million acres, 5,000 miles of streams, and 3.8 million acres of ocean habitat in California and off the coast. 

The California Chapter believes that we are most effective when we are embedded in our state’s communities, politics, media, and environmental issues. For this reason, and to reduce our carbon footprint when meeting in person, all staff live in California, including those in a home office.


What We Can Achieve Together

The Dangermond Preserve Restoration Associate will support and lead large-scale restoration projects in and around the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve at Point Conception in Santa Barbara county, California. These projects fall under TNC’s Wild Coast Program at the Dangermond Preserve, which aims to establish the Point Conception region as a stronghold for nature in an era of climate change. The Restoration Associate will manage all aspects of restoration projects such as the removal of fish passage barriers in Jalama Creek, the removal of invasive plant species and the restoration of native plant communities, and the reconnection of the Preserve’s various estuaries to the ocean. The Restoration Associate will report to the Preserve’s Restoration Project Manager and will be part of the Preserve’s Stewardship Team.

The Restoration Associate will serve as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, funders, and contractors on assigned projects. They will manage projects from initiation through to completion and will be responsible for all aspects of project including planning, permitting, funding, management, reporting and monitoring. They develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs and engage local community support for local conservation efforts. They may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


We're Looking For You

If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our California chapter as the Dangermond Preserve Restoration Associate! Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in our beautiful state, but you’ll also contribute to conservation goals throughout our organization and networks!

We are looking for someone who will:

  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team to assure projects meet the overall preserve goals and needs.
  • Design and implement ecological restoration projects.
  • Lead permitting and project approval with county, state, and federal environmental permitting agencies.
  • Help to raise funding from private, state, and federal funding entities and manage all grant-related implementation and reporting.
  • Ensure that the team is using strong project and fiscal management approaches including developing, managing, and forecasting budgets to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with contractors, and ensuring that project meet deadlines and achieve all stated outcomes.


What You'll Bring

  • BA, BS, law, or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.


  • Advanced degree in biology, botany, ecology, or other relevant natural science.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience with fundraising.


What We Bring

Each person who works at TNC contributes to our goal of protecting nature for future generations. Another one of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe feel that their unique contributions are valued. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “You’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.” To learn more, head to YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.  

We’re proud to support the health and wellbeing of the people we employ. We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package that includes healthcare coverage, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other benefits that support work-life balance. 

If you’re interested in working with us, please apply—we’d love to hear from you.


Salary Information

Salary is based on candidate qualifications and geographic location. Estimated salary for this position would fall within $65,800 - 77,250.


Apply Now

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. 

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